Messiers giving DeMatha leg up on opponents

January 17, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Mount St. Joseph isn't the only private-school wrestling power with Howard County connections.

DeMatha coach Dick Messier, an Elkridge resident, and his 160-pound son, Steve (a 14-5 record), helped the Stags edge defending 1A-2A state champ Northeast for the title in last weekend's Arundel Tournament.

Messier's Stags, ranked No. 5 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, had individual champs in top-ranked Todd Beckerman (103, 23-0), No. 2 Jerry Sloan (135, 21-4) and No. 3 Matt Allman (152, 23-2).

Steve Messier lost his title bout to St. Benedict's (N.J.) Mike Dipiano, but pinned two opponents to get there.

Messier's semifinal fall in 5:56 came over Quince Orchard's Erik Blank, who entered the match with a 12-2 record, including 11 pins and a technical fall.

Blank had also earned Outstanding Wrestler honors in an earlier tournament at Wootton High of Montgomery County, where he pinned all three opponents for the title.

Freeman cuts it

Oakland Mills' fifth-ranked Juri Freeman -- a 112-pound regular -- dropped to the 103-pound weight class for last weekend's Arundel Tournament. There, he overwhelmed his two opponents, blanking them by a combined 17-0.

Freeman racked up a combined eight back-points and had four takedowns in the two bouts. His 11-0 semifinal victory came over Churchill's Jared Zimmett, who entered their bout with a 13-1 record, including 11 pins. Zimmett's only previous loss was 8-1 to Riverdale Baptist's No. 2 Mike Torro.

Oakland Mills teammate Wade Mitchell (130, 14-1) joined Freeman after pinning his first opponent in 1:37 and blanking his next two by a combined 7-0, including Northeast's Glen Lail (11-4, six pins). Mitchell was third in last year's Arundel Tournament.

The Scorpions' Matt Sutton (130, 12-6) finished as tournament runner-up to DeMatha's Sloan after winning two tough decisions. Sutton outlasted Quince Orchard's Kerry Albert, 12-10, and pinned Churchill's Randy Hsia in 4:37.

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